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Wishmaster (1997)

R  |   |  Fantasy, Horror  |  19 September 1997 (USA)
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A demonic djinn attempts to grant its owner three wishes, which will allow him to summon his brethren to earth.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Shannon Amberson (as Wendy Benson)
Lt. Nathanson
Doug Clegg
Homeless Man (as Buck Flower)
Ed Finney
Narrator (voice)


In the beginning of the times, God created life into universe: light gave birth to angels, earth to men and fire to djin, creatures condemned to dwell in the void between the worlds. One who wakes a djin shall be given three wishes. Upon granting the third, an unholy legion of djins are freed through a doorway between the worlds upon the Earth. In 1127 A.D., in Persia, a sorcerer lures and traps a powerful Djinn in the stone of secret fire. In the present days, a drunken crane operator drops the valuable statue of Ahura Mazda over the assistant of Raymond Beaumont on the harbor, and one worker finds the huge and priceless opal red stone where Djin is seized. Alexandra Amberson, who works in an auction house, receives the stone for evaluation and accidentally awakes Djin. The evil creature is released later, charges the stone with people souls and feeds with their fears, while chasing Alexandra to force to make three wishes and unleash the demoniac fiends upon Earth. Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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Magically powerful. Supernaturally evil. See more »


Fantasy | Horror

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for horror violence and gore, and for language | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

19 September 1997 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Wes Craven's Wishmaster  »

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Box Office


$5,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$6,038,516 (USA) (19 September 1997)


£1,303,214 (UK) (3 July 1998)

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Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Many crew members, including director Robert Kurtzman (man killed by piano) had small roles in the film, some times appearing in different scenes as different characters. See more »


When Josh and Alex sit down after their tennis match, Josh's tennis racket vanishes from his hands between shots. See more »


[first lines]
[first title card]
Narrator: Once, in a time before time, God breathed life into the universe. And the light gave birth to Angels. And the earth gave birth to Man. And the fire gave birth to the Djinn, creatures condemned to dwell in the void between the worlds. One who wakes a Djinn will be given three wishes. Upon the granting of the third, the unholy legions of the Djinn will be freed to rule the earth. Fear one thing in all there is... FEAR THE DJINN.
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Crazy Credits

At the end of the credits, the Djinn says "Careful what you wish for." See more »


Written by Shannon Crawford
Performed by Cellophane
Courtesy of Virgin Records America, Inc.
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"Fear the Djinn."
3 March 2003 | by (Kentucky) – See all my reviews

Wishmaster marks a huge return for theatrical gore. What a splatterfest! That opening scene, are you kidding me? The KNB crew have blown me away again. From chest exploding skeletons to lizard men, it's well done and I applaud them. It's not just the prologue, it's the whole movie. There's one bit in particular where a guy gets his jaw ripped off. It's jaw-dropping (no pun intended). There is someone from nearly every important horror franchise, and some that aren't so important, in this flick. Cast and cameos include Robert Englund, Kane Hodder, Tony Todd, Angus Scrimm and Reggie Bannister, Ted Raimi and Dan Hicks, Tom Savini, Ricco Ross, Peter Liapis, Joseph Pilato, and Buck Flower. Not to mention KNB effects group, Harry Manfredini did the score, Peter Atkins wrote the screenplay, Robert (K of KNB) Kurtzman directed, and Wes Craven is producing. This is an unreal cast and crew, a who's who of horror. Let's not forget who's leading this cast: Andrew Divoff. He has the one of the scariest, harshest voices of all time. He is the Djinn and he's cool as hell. I just can't understand why this wasn't as well received by the horror community as it should have been. As for the sequels, what sequels? Stick to the original and you can't go wrong.

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